Chicago Architecture Info

ParkView West

505 North McClurg Court
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Basic Information
Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 49
Neighborhood: Streeterville
More Information
  • Architecture firm: Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz and Associates
  • Architecture firm: DeStefano + Partners (preliminary work only)
  • Developer: MCL Companies
  • This was formerly the location of the Kraft Building (with the address 500 North Peshtigo Court).
  • This was the location where Parkay margarine was invented.
  • The $2 million Kraft Building was built in 1939 and designed by Mundie, Jensen, Bourke & Havens. It was not saved from demolition because int he 1950's Kraft significantly altered its Art Moderne facade.
  • 1937: Construction began on the Kraft-Phenix Cheese building at this location. It would include the corporate offices, laboratories, a processing plant and test kitchens.
  • 1938: Construction finished on the cheese company building. It was the largest building in downtown Chicago at the time.
  • 1939: Kraft-Phenix moved in.
  • 1963: The food factory shut down. At one time it produced 40% of America's Parkay and Kraft salad dressings.
  • 1972: Kraft moved its headquarters to the Chicago suburbs.
  • 1980: The rest of the Kraft offices left the building.
  • 1982: The city of Chicago started leasing the building that was here for $33,000/year for use as police headquarters. Police headquarters would later move to 11th and State and then 35th and Michigan.
  • 2005: The police building was torn down to make way for this skyscraper.